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Alcohol and Speed Suspected in Fatal San Bernardino Car Accident

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Nuvia Lisseth Rivera, 25, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after a speeding wrong-way driver struck her vehicle, the night of March 8, 2012. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal collision occurred along the 2300 block of West Base Line. Officials say three cars were speeding eastbound on Base Line when one of the cars crossed into the westbound lane and hit Rivera’s vehicle head-on. Rivera died from her injuries. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, 24-year-old Cecilia Sorto, has been listed in critical condition while her 3-year-old son who was a passenger in the vehicle is said to be in stable condition. It is not clear if the three eastbound drivers were racing at the time of the crash. Officials suspect alcohol may have also been a factor. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Nuvia Lisseth Rivera for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

San Bernardino Car Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 19 fatalities and 1,023 injuries involving car accidents in San Bernardino. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 223 people died and 7,870 injuries involving car accidents occurred during the same year.

Possible Violation of Laws

Based on this news report, officials say speed and alcohol were likely factors in the tragic collision. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

Protecting Victims’ Rights

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Victims’ families would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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